Why Adrian Peterson Should Be Banned From The NFL and Madden NFL
The Minnesota Vikings may want Adrian Peterson back on the field, but he has been suspended from the NFL for the remainder of the season without pay. This is not long enough since the season is more than half over, but at least Commissioner Roger Goodell took some action.
Sadly, at times, parents go too far when disciplining their children, which Petersen clearly did when he severely beat his young son. Child abuse is rampant across America and seems to be on the rise. In most cases, a four-year old child cannot stand-up for themselves.
The NFL should be applauded for taking a positive stand against child abuse with Peterson’s suspension. Peterson may be a great football player and an asset to his team, but the bigger picture must be addressed, which is, it should not be acceptable for anyone to harm a child. Children can be effectively disciplined without violence.
Adrian Peterson should not be allowed back in the league. He pled no contest and would not admit to his obvious guilt in this horrific act of violence. Yes, football is a violent sport and the players do cross the line, but they should never step over that line off the field and when they do they should be punished. We have to think if the young victim in this instance.
Allowing Peterson to continue playing football after his suspension is over would be a travesty and indicates that it is okay for football players to abuse their children without facing dire consequences. If Peterson’s football playing days are over, so be it. The focus must be on the child and his well-being.
Goodell has said that Peterson’s reinstatement would depend on his willingness to seek counseling and his enrollment in a treatment program. If not, Goodell seemed to suggest that Peterson may miss more games next season. Hopefully, Goodell will not allow Peterson’s popularity and other players in the league to alter that decision.
This type of blatant violence off the field has no place in football. If Peterson is reinstated next year without successfully completing treatment, fans should boycott the Vikings and possibly the entire league, if necessary, to bring home the point that violence against children is not acceptable and should not be tolerated.
Adrian Peterson should also be taken out of the Madden Football 2015 Video Game as well. Many young and impressionable people play this game and should be shown that child abuse is not acceptable, no mater how successful or valuable a player may be to the NFL.